Speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell announced he will not support the President's call for a U.S. military strike on Syria.
The Louisville Republican said President Obama has not put forth a "credible strategy" regarding Syria. McConnell added that he doesn't think a "limited strike would resolve the civil war in Syria or remove Assad from power."
The Senate Minority Leader said while the chemical weapons attacks in Syria were horrible they did not pose a direct security threat to the U.S. or its allies.
Up until Tuesday, the leading Senate Republican had not committed to a position on the President's call for force against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. His fellow Kentucky Republican, Rand Paul of Bowling Green, has been an outspoken opponent of U.S. intervention.
McConnell expressed concern during his Senate floor speech about the possible unintended consequence of chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamic extremists should the U.S. conduct the type of limited surgical military strike being proposed.
Kentucky's 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie, has announced he will oppose the President's call for a U.S. military strike in Syria.
Here's what the Bowling Green Republican said in a news release about how he came to his decision:
"I appreciate Administration officials briefing the House on this very important situation. However, none of the information shared with me today has convinced me that military action is necessary or appropriate to further our national security interests in Syria and the surrounding region.
“There is no doubt that the Middle East is ripe with conflict and that the chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people on August 21 was horrific. But I do not believe that a bombing campaign against the Assad regime would be appropriate, and may even further enflame regional tensions. As the last remaining superpower, the United States should act as a role model for these troubled nations and look for further diplomatic solutions.
A report from a pair of bi-partisan former budget and policy officials says the Indiana Department of Education botched the implementation of the new “A to F” grading system for schools.
According to the report, former Indiana schools superintendent Tony Bennett didn’t properly prepare for the different ways schools in the Hoosier State are organized, and was left to make last-minute changes to grading formulas right before the rankings were released to the public.
The Courier-Journal reports that Indiana teachers and administrators had complained ahead of last year’s release of the rankings, which they said wouldn’t accurately reflect the quality of work taking place in schools.
In addition, an Associated Press reporter obtained e-mails showing Bennett ordered his staff to find ways to inflate grades for a charter school he had been touting and whose founder had contributed to his campaign.
The disabled crane has been removed, and all eastbound lanes of the Cumberland Parkway are open.
Update at 6:00 p.m.:
A second crane has arrived to help move the disabled crane off the roadway. Once it's gone, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews will be on site to start road repairs. The eastbound lanes remain closed. No estimated time for their re-opening.
Update at 2:30 p.m.:
A crane is now on-site to begin the upright process of a crane that overturned on the Cumberland Parkway in the Edmonton area. Estimated time for this leg of the cleanup process is 3-4 hours, then preparation will take place for a large low-boy from Louisville to remove the overturned unit. Estimated total recovery and removal could take until 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Afterward, repairs will take place on the road surface which will take additional time after the vehicle is removed.
All eastbound lanes remain blocked at mile point 34, east of Edmonton. Traffic is still being diverted off in Edmonton, passing through to Columbia in Adair County via KY 80 to rejoin the parkway.
Westbound lanes are not directly, though intermittent and short closures may be required for emergency services and removal.